Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Why Traditional Salary Ranges May Not Be Relevant in Today's Economy
by: Ann Bares on January 23, 2013, 10:15 AM
by: Ann Bares on January 23, 2013, 10:15 AM
The key issue about salary ranges
Our salary management system may be out of step
Monday, January 14, 2013
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Ten Most Common Interview Questions
Are you prepared to answer these?
Tell me about yourself
Hint: 30 – 60 second prepared elevator speech. The interviewer does not want to know that you like dogs and hate cats. This answer should be concise and give a brief overview of your career and accomplishments. Your answer should focus on the last 5 years.
Why do you want to work for our company
Hint: Research the company prior to the interview. Know what they do, the company culture, etc.
Why should we hire you
Hint: Make sure you have read the job description and can tell the interviewer specific experience that you have had that relates to the job.
Why do you want to leave your current job
Hint: The answer should never be “I can’t stand my current boss”. …even if that is the “real” reason! One more hint: the answer should not be that you are looking to increase your salary or income potential. Avoid making negative statements and keep your answer short.
What is your greatest strength
Hint: Read the job description to see what the employer is really looking for in a new hire. Your answer should be a quality that will complement the requirements of the position.
What is your greatest weakness
Hint: Your goal is to discuss a “real” weakness, but this weakness must not hinder you from doing the job.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years
Hint: This question should be answered with regards to your career not your personal life. The interviewer does not want to know if you plan to have children or get married in the next (x) years. Your answer should focus on what you can do for the company. A good approach might be to simply say, “My title may change, but it is my hope that I will join a company long-term, where I can continue to grow and contribute.”
Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult person
Hint: Rather than discuss the difficult person, answer this question in general terms. For instance, “One of my co-workers preferred to work independently, and the project entailed us working as a team. I approached the situation from her perspective and we came up with a way to work together and complete the project on time.”
What are your salary expectations
Hint: Try not to answer in a dollar amount. A good answer might be “I would like to discuss the job requirements first, so I can get a sense of the expectations.” Or “I am more interested in the opportunity at this point.” If you are pressed, you may say “I am open to discussing salary, but first what is the salary range for this position?”
Tell me more about (anything else on your resume)
Hint: If it is on your resume, it is fair game to discuss! Be prepared.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
13 Motivational Career Quotes for 2013
Looking for a new job? Changing your career path? Pursuing a promotion?
Check out these 13 motivational quotes regarding careers! Let them inspire you as they do me.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.”
~Benjamin F. Fairless
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
“Analyzing what you haven’t got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.”
~Orison Swett Marden
“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”
“A successful man continues to look for work after he has found a job.”
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you CHOOSE!”
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Is It Time To Leave Your Job?
It goes without saying that “we’ve all been there” at one time or another. You find that there is more negativity in your day than anything else. You hate getting up in the morning…and find more than enough reasons to hit that snooze alarm. Energy? Enthusiasm? You can’t seem to find either as you fight your way to get into the office. Coffee…there is the reason that you are there. What you need to ask yourself, is why do I feel this way? Have I hit a glass ceiling? Am I no longer growing in my career? Is my new boss stifling my ability to “do”? What stumbling block am I dealing with? …and can it be fixed?
Many conclude that the best option is to look for a new job. But have you done all that you can to salvage the career that you have been building? First thing you need to do is pinpoint the problem. There are good reasons and bad reasons for changing jobs.
Signs that it is time to move on:
1) You are no longer having "fun".
Everyone has good days and bad days. But when the bad days outnumber the good ones for months…it is time to move on.
2) Your company is struggling financially.
If you are hearing of impending layoffs and financial troubles, it makes sense to take a look around. Job searches can take a long time…and it is easier to find a new job when you are currently employed.
3) Your career goals cannot be met.
If there is no upward mobility and your career path is questionable, it is time to move on. Some things cannot be changed. For example, if your wish is to move into a management role, and you are working for a small family owned company, where you know this is not possible, then you owe it to yourself to consider looking for another job.
4) You are not performing to the best of your ability.
We all have bad days. But when days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, you may be burnt out. If you are under-challenged…or (gasp!) overworked, and you see no way to change this, it is time to update that resume.
Certainly these are not the only reasons to consider making a career change. My point is that you need to get to the source of the problem and whether or not it is fixable. Then you need to determine your course of action.